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Sen. Mike Dugan (SD 30)


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Michael Brian Dugan (R-Carrollton)


Senate District 30 (Carroll, Douglas & Paulding counties)


Sen. Mike Dugan

Sen. Mike Dugan

There are discrepancies between Mike Dugan’s December 2012 campaign disclosure, which showed an end balance of $4,400, and his next filing in July 2013, which reported a beginning balance of zero. The earlier report also showed the campaign still owed him $9,750 of a $15,000 loan, while the later filing showed no carried-over debt.

Dugan’s 2012 disclosure of personal finances listed some information that was dropped, apparently inadvertently, on subsequent filings. Dugan took a few minutes to go over the missing information with Atlanta Unfiltered.

Legislative website

Campaign website

Voting record

Born: 1963

Political career

  • Elected to the Senate in January 2013 after defeating ex-Rep. Bill Hembree 56% to 44% in a low-turnout Republican primary runoff.
  • Defeated Hembree again in the 2014 Republican primary, 55% to 45%. Won the general election with 73% of the vote.

Committee assignments

  • Economic Development (2013 – present; chair, 2017 – )
  • Public Safety (2015 – present)
  • Transportation (2013 – present)
  • Veterans, Military and Homeland Security (2013 – present)
  • Government Oversight (2013 – 2014)


  • Contractor, RA-LIN and Associates Inc. (RA-LIN, a commercial construction firm, bills itself as having completed more school buildings in Georgia than any other contractor. Since taking his Senate seat, Dugan said, he has worked exclusively on business development in the private sector for RA-LIN. “I make a point not to even ask what’s going on on the public side,” he said.)

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence in Carrollton valued at $543,000.

Fiduciary positions

  • Board member, University of West Georgia Athletic Foundation Inc. Before Dugan’s election, his son won a football scholarship to attend the school.
  • Past president, Kiwanis Club of Carrollton Inc.

Business ownership

  • None disclosed.


  • None disclosed.

Friends & family

  • Dugan’s wife, Melissa Phillips “Missy” Dugan, is president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. The organization received $42,562 in state funds since 2009, primarily from the Governor’s Office and the Department of Early Care and Learning. She once worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich.

Campaign contributions

Discrepancies exist between Dugan’s December 2012 campaign disclosure, which shows an end balance of $4,400, and his next filing in July 2013, which reports a beginning balance of zero. The earlier report also showed the campaign still owed him $9,750 of a $15,000 loan, while the later filing showed no carried-over debt.

Dugan has raised more than $251,000 in political donations. The breakdown by election cycle:

  • Jan. 2013 special election: $36,500
  • 2013-14: $136,545
  • 2015-16: $77,922
  • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $108,384

Top donors

  • $47,400 Sen. Hunter Hill & other Republican legislators
  • $6,950 Greenway Medical Technologies Inc. executives, Carrollton, Ga.
  • $5,100 Tanner Health System executives, Carrollton
  • $4,900 Bernie Buchanan & other co-workers at RA-LIN & Associates
  • $4,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • $4,000 Select Management Resources LLC, title-pawn lender
  • $4,000 Systems & Methods Inc. executives, Carrollton
  • $3,700 Steve Adams, Carrollton, Ga., CEO West Georgia Ambulance Inc. & Southeastrans LLC
  • $3,250 Georgia Apartment Association
  • $3,000 Aaron McWhorter, Whitesburg, Ga., CEO North Georgia Turf
  • $3,000 State Farm Insurance

Campaign selfies

  • Dugan reimbursed himself $3,115 for yard signs, for which he properly disclosed the end recipient, in 2014.

Campaign-to-campaign donations

Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some say provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. His donations by election cycle:

  • 2013-14: $2,101

Lobbyist freebies

Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts for Dugan valued at more than $800 since 2013. The big spender: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce ($134). The breakdown:

  • 2013: $446
  • 2014: $354

Committee days & travel expenses

When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging. The breakdown:

  • 2013: $2,580 (9 days)
  • 2014: $1,528 (5 days)
  • 2015: $4,543 (20 days)

Updated Jan. 10, 2017





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